Print Topic - Archive

BTD Forums  /  The GenoType Diet  /  Beans and Legumes for O's
Posted by: Patty H, Wednesday, July 20, 2011, 2:17pm
I have been skimming through Live Right For Your Type recently, and have realized that is it a veritable wealth of information on diet and exercise with wonderful tips for each blood type.  Although I am following the GTD, I plan to reread LR4YT as I feel it will enhance and inform my GTD experience.

I was interested to read that Dr. D says for O's to
Quoted Text
Limit your intake of beans, as they are not a particularly good protein source for Type Os.


I checked my SWAMI from Dr. Nash and while I have several nuts as diamonds and superfoods, I have very few beans and legumes.  Black beans are the only diamond on the list.  Adzuki, black eyed peas and great northern beans are the only hard type beans that are superfoods.  I do have Lima beans, peas and string and snap beans on there as superfoods, but they are fast cooking type beans.  Am I correct in assuming that great northern beans can be dried or green?

I only get four servings a week which also includes nuts and nut butters.  Usually I do not eat all four servings and if I do it would be either nuts, which I carry in my car for those times when I get really hungry and am away from home, or nut butter on a banana or compliant bread as a treat.

I decided to post this thread because I have seen a lot of O's recommending beans to other O's and some of my O friends have asked me about beans and legumes.  I am not much of a bean/legume fan myself.  Unless I make chili, I never cook with or serve dried beans, except for the fresh type beans like string or snap beans.  While I understand that beans can be a good, economical protein source, albeit an incomplete protein, how beneficial are they for O's?
Posted by: Vegan Joe, Wednesday, July 20, 2011, 3:00pm; Reply: 1
From what I'm reading, I think more of the point is when it comes to recommended legumes is how it effects the carbohydrate ratio of your diet. But this is more of a guess right now at this point of my learning curve with this diet discipline.
Posted by: EquiPro, Wednesday, July 20, 2011, 3:14pm; Reply: 2
I have only recently discovered, via SWAMI and the GTD what a HUGE superfood black beans are for me.  As long as I severely limit all other forms of starch, which has been surprisingly easy for me as long as I eat black beans or butter beans daily, I think that adding black diamond and bennie beans and legumes into my diet has been one of the keys to my success in losing weight and is staying on track.

I wasn't sure what my portions/ frequencies were.  This group includes nuts, nut butters and legumes and says 5 portions per week.  I have to say though, that since I don't eat other starches (which SWAMI gives me as 2 daily, I use the nuts and legumes as substitute.  I have to say that eat a LOT of this group.  I use nuts as a substitute for chips or whenever I'm hungry, and I eat beans every single day at breakfast if I possibly can, as it sets me up for success in my day.

I never liked beans or legumes much and I always believed that they made me fat...but here's the trick:  don't eat them combined with any other starch.  I always ate beans and rice together because they make a complete protein and I ALWAYS gained weight from them.  I have now found out that it was the RICE that was making me gain weight when combined with the beans, not the beans alone.

Black beans, in particular, seem to really work for me.  A helping of refried black beans (refrying them makes a difference with me) at breakfast almost always staves off starch and/ or sugar cravings.

So, that's what works for ME!  Not sure if it works for every Gatherer Type O, though.
Posted by: 14922 (Guest), Wednesday, July 20, 2011, 3:20pm; Reply: 3
I have some beans listed as "diamond" on my Swami.

I do not eat them very often as they don't make me feel full of energy. I'm more apt to eat seeds, quinoa and some nuts on occasion.

Vegan Joe, read up on the Fight Fatigue book. Dr. D talks about beans as not being a good energy source for O's.

I finally broke my habit of eating manna bread! Even though it's a "diamond". Now that was a feat in itself.

I've got better muscle definition now and can think better.  :)
Posted by: 14922 (Guest), Wednesday, July 20, 2011, 3:22pm; Reply: 4
Quoted from EquiPro
but here's the trick:  don't eat them combined with any other starch.  .


I also agree with this. This combination piles the weight on!
Posted by: Vegan Joe, Wednesday, July 20, 2011, 3:24pm; Reply: 5
Quoted from 14922


Vegan Joe, read up on the Fight Fatigue book. Dr. D talks about beans as not being a good energy source for O's. :)

OK, Thanks! so what about my assumption of carb ratio?
Posted by: 14922 (Guest), Wednesday, July 20, 2011, 3:24pm; Reply: 6
Wait! I totally forgot about carob.

I do super well with carob.
Posted by: Vegan Joe, Wednesday, July 20, 2011, 3:36pm; Reply: 7
Quoted from 14922
Wait! I totally forgot about carob.

I do super well with carob.

You can let go of my leg now!


Posted by: ruthiegirl, Wednesday, July 20, 2011, 3:49pm; Reply: 8
I think the point Dr D was making is that it's best for Os to get our protein from animal sources, not vegetable sources. He's cautioning us against eating beans in place of meat for too many meals.

I've seen a lot of discussions on this forum about individuals eating beans in place of grains,as a carb  rather than a protein serving.
Posted by: Patty H, Wednesday, July 20, 2011, 4:49pm; Reply: 9
Quoted from ruthiegirl
I think the point Dr D was making is that it's best for Os to get our protein from animal sources, not vegetable sources. He's cautioning us against eating beans in place of meat for too many meals.

I've seen a lot of discussions on this forum about individuals eating beans in place of grains,as a carb  rather than a protein serving.


So are you saying beans are or are not a good source of protein for O's, Ruthie?  Are you saying beans should be used as a source of carbohydrate instead?

I'm sorry but I am a little confused by what you are trying to convey  ??)
Posted by: 14922 (Guest), Wednesday, July 20, 2011, 4:50pm; Reply: 10
Quoted from Vegan Joe

You can let go of my leg now!




Sorry didn't know I grabbed on to it- Haha
Posted by: jayneeo, Wednesday, July 20, 2011, 4:56pm; Reply: 11
Thanks for the tip, EquiPro! Might try bl. beans for brkfst w/eggs.

VeganJoe, I'd use a good rice/pea protein powder daily if I were vegan. Its just the protein, not the carb, so you can mix it up with fruit or whatever.
Posted by: ruthiegirl, Wednesday, July 20, 2011, 4:57pm; Reply: 12
Quoted from Patty H


So are you saying beans are or are not a good source of protein for O's, Ruthie?  Are you saying beans should be used as a source of carbohydrate instead?

I'm sorry but I am a little confused by what you are trying to convey  ??)


I'm saying that Dr D reccomends we eat only small portions of beans, and/or not too frequently. We need animal protien.

Some individuals tweak their diets based on personal experience, not completely following Dr D'
s recomendations. One of the things some people have done is to cut out (or cut back on) grains, and replace them with servings of beans.

If you feel like tweaking your diet, and not completely follow Dr D's portion size and frequency reccomendations, you may want to give that a try. If you're comfortable following the recomended portions, then keep on doing that.
Posted by: EquiPro, Wednesday, July 20, 2011, 5:28pm; Reply: 13
Exactly!!  I do not use beans, legumes or nuts as a substitute for protein (meat), but as a substitute for STARCH (listed as carbohydrate).  I NEVER consider myself eating protein when I eat beans, legumes or nuts, but rather as eating starch and fat.

If I were eating starches of any kind (including quinoa, which my body perceives and handles as "starch"), I could NOT eat as much of the beans and nuts as I am...I would probably gain weight quickly.  But since I'm not eating starch outside of the beans and legumes (about 90% compliant on that on a day-in, day-out basis), they are my starch and they REALLY keep me satiated, full and away from other starches.

I noticed that black and butter beans do this very well, peas not so much (I think they are too sweet and sort of stimulate my appetite).

I ALWAYS eat these legumes with meat protein, btw.  I never eat them alone.
Posted by: Mother, Wednesday, July 20, 2011, 8:46pm; Reply: 14
I couldn't agree more EquiPro!
I too recently discovered the beauty of black and garbonzo. I make my own Mexican hummus with the beans, olive oil, cilantro, lime, coriander, cumin and pepper flakes. Then I put a dollup on my lettuce wrap with a slice of turkey, and more cilantro (lol) and there's my breakfast. 1st time in a long time I can go for awhile without feeling hungry. Afternoon snack is a little nut butter and celery or walnuts and a bit of fruit, again, very satifying. THAT is my only starch too and I only need about a tablespoon, certainly within my guidelines.
Posted by: Eric, Wednesday, July 20, 2011, 8:50pm; Reply: 15
I eat green beans and peas as vegetables, just like broccoli or kale.. and they seem to go down the same.  However, legit beans destroy me!  And everyone else in the household.. lol
Posted by: Patty H, Wednesday, July 20, 2011, 11:48pm; Reply: 16
Quoted from ruthiegirl


I'm saying that Dr D reccomends we eat only small portions of beans, and/or not too frequently. We need animal protien.

Some individuals tweak their diets based on personal experience, not completely following Dr D'
s recomendations. One of the things some people have done is to cut out (or cut back on) grains, and replace them with servings of beans.

If you feel like tweaking your diet, and not completely follow Dr D's portion size and frequency reccomendations, you may want to give that a try. If you're comfortable following the recomended portions, then keep on doing that.


Thank you for that explanation, Ruthie.  I understand what you are saying now.  So I get one serving of carbs per day.  What you are saying is that I can use my beans in place of compliant bread, rice, quinoa, etc.

I rarely eat carbs at all.  This has helped me to keep my weight in check for the last 25+ years.  Maybe one or twice a week . . . and it is usually rice when I go out to dinner.  I guess I like rice more than beans but maybe if I am at a Mexican restaurant I can switch the beans for the rice.  I do like black beans! :P
Posted by: Patty H, Wednesday, July 20, 2011, 11:56pm; Reply: 17
Quoted from Mother
I couldn't agree more EquiPro!
I too recently discovered the beauty of black and garbonzo. I make my own Mexican hummus with the beans, olive oil, cilantro, lime, coriander, cumin and pepper flakes. Then I put a dollup on my lettuce wrap with a slice of turkey, and more cilantro (lol) and there's my breakfast. 1st time in a long time I can go for awhile without feeling hungry. Afternoon snack is a little nut butter and celery or walnuts and a bit of fruit, again, very satifying. THAT is my only starch too and I only need about a tablespoon, certainly within my guidelines.


EquiPro and Mother, it sounds like you two are onto something here.  How do you cook your black beans - I don't mean what do you add, as Mother has provided this, but just the basic of cooking black beans?  I have never made them from scratch.  

I am not hungry all the time as many Hunters are, but I only eat two meals a day and like my brunch/lunch to carry me through dinner.  Maybe black beans would be a good choice for me once in a while?  

As an added benefit, I am a non-secretor and can add tomatoes to Mother's mix  ;D
Posted by: EquiPro, Thursday, July 21, 2011, 12:42am; Reply: 18
I'm lazy....I use canned black beans.  I know, I know they're more expensive, dried beans are so easy to cook, etc., etc....

But I eat them every morning, so using canned makes it easy for me.

I saute' some fresh, chopped onions in olive oil and I add in curry powder, cumin, cinnamon, and garlic powder (another cheat).  After the onions get a bit soft, I throw in the can or two of black beans with the liquid and continue to let it cook down a bit.  I then take a fork or a masher  and mash them up while they cook in the pan.  They get thick then and they're ready!  I LOVE my curried black beans and onions with saute'd ground turkey (also cooked with the curry spices) and a salad with olive oil,fresh lime juice (a geno-super combo for me) and sea salt!  One can of black beans makes enough for 3-4 days for me.

BEWARE!!!!    No matter what I do, my curried, refried black beans look EXACTLY like baby poop...one of the reasons it's best to put them at the BOTTOM of your plate under other stuff.   ;D
Posted by: ruthiegirl, Thursday, July 21, 2011, 12:45am; Reply: 19
I soak them overnight, then drain and rinse, and put them back in the crock pot. Then I add a small piece of kombu seaweed and fill up the crockpot  with filtered water and cook on high- usually overnight, but sometimes all day if I start them in the morning. Then I drain and rinse again, and freeze in small portions.
Posted by: ABJoe, Thursday, July 21, 2011, 12:57am; Reply: 20
Quoted from Patty H
just the basic of cooking black beans?  I have never made them from scratch.

The easiest way I know of to cook them is to pressure them @ 10lbs. pressure with double the amount of water for 30-45 minutes.  You can use a pressure pan for a small quantity.

I can my own beans, as I do the cooking and preserving in one step.  I use pint jars, put 1/2 cup beans in each jar, fill with water, fill pressure cooker with jars and add an inch or two of water to the bottom of the canner.  Bring the canner to pressure for 30 minutes, shut off and let cool.  Once cool, I take the jars out, wash the outside and put in the pantry.  When we want beans, open a jar and use!

If you want to use a standard pan, Put the beans you want to cook in the pan with double the amount of water.  Bring to a boil for about 5 minutes, then turn off and let soak for 1 hour.  Turn the heat back on and bring to boil again, and turn down heat to simmer until the beans are done to the consistency you like...  This usually takes 2-3 hours...

Some people change water and /or rinse the beans between the soak and cook, but I never have...  

If flatulence is a problem, add some ginger (1/2 to 1 teaspoon per serving) to the beans.
Posted by: Mother, Thursday, July 21, 2011, 2:02am; Reply: 21
IF I get dried, I do the same as Ruthie but I too buy canned a lot. I get Edens organic and they are cooked in kombu, no salt added and in a bisphenol-A free can. Good enough for me. Yup, I add onions too but I'm gonna have to try EquiPros recipe. I use them more in condiment quantities.
Posted by: 14922 (Guest), Thursday, July 21, 2011, 3:02am; Reply: 22
Quoted from Mother
I too recently discovered the beauty of black and garbonzo. I make my own Mexican hummus with the beans, olive oil, cilantro, lime, coriander, cumin and pepper flakes. Then I put a dollup on my lettuce wrap with a slice of turkey, and more cilantro (lol) and there's my breakfast. 1st time in a long time I can go for awhile without feeling hungry.  


That sounds great! I'm a Hunter too. I'm going to try that. My carb cravings just aren't being satisfied. Perhaps the bean and protein combo is my answer.
Posted by: EquiPro, Thursday, July 21, 2011, 10:18am; Reply: 23
Hey, Sooks!  Yea, give my "bean and carbs for breakfast" a try.  Don't skimp on the oil!  Fat satiates!  I've just taken off 45 pounds with almost no food struggles, and I'm convinced it's because of adding in extra fat.  Also, I notice that I really need the salad part early in the day, too.  I think that is because I'm always really hungry AND thirsty when I wake up and the salad adds bulk and water into my stomach, which it uses.

Eating the beans and protein in the morning, literally, staves off the cravings during the day.  If I feel at all hungry around 11 or 12, I eat nuts until I am able to get to lunch, which is usually around 2 for me.  I eat a BIG lunch, making sure to get protein, veggies and fruit in, and then I eat a very light supper.

I snack on nuts and fruit for the most part.

Give it a try and let us know if it helps!
Posted by: Mother, Thursday, July 21, 2011, 11:42am; Reply: 24
Me too EuiPro!  
I forgot to say I add onions to the hummus as well as top my wrap. I also love the lettuce (salad) thing in the morning. I don't always have 'carb' cravings but incesent hunger and this completely takes that away. I too with the nuts or nut butters and fruit for snack but again, I only need a small amount. I stuggled with the last 5 #'s for about 2 years and I lost 10 in the last 8 weeks by doing this. My blood sugar is back to normal and hopefully my cholesterol too after cutting back on red meat. I have so much steady energy too. I haven't felt this good in a year. I just hope the scale stops moving now as my cloths are getting too big!

Sooks, I don't know the portion EquiPro uses but I really only use a condiment size of beans ( 1 TBS) on my wrap and I do add a touch of my spicy mayo for the fat too!
Posted by: EquiPro, Thursday, July 21, 2011, 3:45pm; Reply: 25
About 1/3 to 1/2 cup of refried beans is the portion that seems to work best for me.
Posted by: 14922 (Guest), Thursday, July 21, 2011, 6:29pm; Reply: 26
Thanks EquiPro and Mother for your posts on this subject!
Posted by: Mother, Friday, July 22, 2011, 12:45pm; Reply: 27
In the ER book he says "a few highly beneficial beans are exceptions. They actually promote and strengthen the digestive tract and promote healing of ulcerations. Eat in moderation as an occasional side dish".  Type O's can find a good source of supplemental protein in nuts and seeds. However they should not take the place of high-protein meats" I think that's the story I'll stick to. lol
Also, in LR he says "type O's can do well on many proteins found in beans and legumes"
"nuts and seeds are a secondary source of protein for type O. Walnuts are excellent detoxifiers"
Posted by: 14922 (Guest), Monday, July 25, 2011, 5:00am; Reply: 28
Ok guys, so I tried sliced turkey with adzuki beans on top of raw salad greens.

Killed my energy! I had to lay down! Not a good energy combo for me nor did it keep me satisfied. I was craving sweets all day.

Strike 1
Posted by: SquarePeg, Monday, July 25, 2011, 8:43pm; Reply: 29
Usually I take roast beef and Romaine lettuce for lunch.  If I run out of roast beef, I'll replace the roast beef with half a can of adzuki beans, a tablespoon of milled flax seed, 2 oz low fat mozzarella cheese (diced) and olive oil.

Sooks, I'm guessing that you could've used a bit more fat with that meal.  Or more likely the turkey was processed with dextrose or some other sweet brine solution.
Posted by: Couann, Saturday, May 25, 2013, 8:00pm; Reply: 30
Does anyone know if the small white bean called 'Le petit Brezin' is a white haricot bean? and if Explorers can eat it. I am in france and trying to sort out my bean types!
Posted by: Couann, Saturday, May 25, 2013, 8:13pm; Reply: 31
I am an explorer and both my hubby and son are hunters so once a week or every 10 days we have pinto beans with mince beef steak, its delicous and covers both our needs......pintos are reintroduction for the hunter but diamond for me and the beef is diamond for the hunters but neutral for me. we have a salad or Kale with it or when our son is home we do rice for him. This is a super easy meal that is satisifying for all the family. I as an explorer do not need the amount of meat as the hunter does so always cook a bit extra and eat it a second night while the hunters have steaks or chicken, chicken is avoid for explorers but diamond for hunters. I would do a parsnip or carrot and sweet potato mash with seaweed
the second night So at least there are 2 days that are easy for the family. Both my husband and I do not eat carbs/cereal with our main meal/meat but our son seems to need it but not every night!
Posted by: C_Sharp, Saturday, May 25, 2013, 9:31pm; Reply: 32
Quoted from Couann
Does anyone know if the small white bean called 'Le petit Brezin'


I would consider it a Navy bean (Which is a haricot bean that is white) but you should not consider my answer to be definitive.  


Posted by: Couann, Saturday, May 25, 2013, 11:03pm; Reply: 33
Thanks.....thats what my hubby thought!
Print page generated: Thursday, December 18, 2014, 6:22pm